Harrow parkrun #255

Oh my - what a wonderful parkrun restart we had - the threat of stormy showers never materialised and we were very grateful for it!

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It was great welcoming you all back to parkrun and just to add a bit of spice we laid on bouncy castles and other inflatables for you to negotiate plus the excitement of meeting the Mayor and lady Mayoress, Cllr Ghazanfar Ali :-)

Whilst some parkrunners naturally stayed away due to COVID and bad weather concerns, it was very rewarding to see such enthusiasm on display and I'm certain  numbers will bounce back once everyone is a little more confident about proceedings.

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Finally, a huge round of thanks to the every reliable Harrow volunteers and run directors - a lot of planning went into the restart and the positive feedback was very welcome, thank you all!

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See you all next week and have a great weeks training.

Mike Lepps,

Harrow parkrun Event Director

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Kevin CONCANNON • Mike LEPPS • Louise LEPPS • Denis FOXLEY • Carolyn BENNETT • Amanda DEAL • Pauline TURNER • Bethany EVANS • Kelly ACCETTA CROWE • Jag MATHARU • Helena DOEY • Andrzej WARHAFTIG • Paul KIND • Kennedy ROBINSON • Simon GRIGOR • Meena MISTRY • Ashwin MISTRY • Peter WALE • Robert BEVAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Damian NEVINS who recorded a time of 15:55 on 10th August 2019 (event number 222).
The female record is held by Lucy ASHE who recorded a time of 17:58 on 7th March 2020 (event number 253).
The Age Grade course record is held by Nigel RACKHAM who recorded 90.32% (16:52) on 9th July 2016 (event number 62).

Harrow parkrun started on 9th May 2015. Since then 5,961 participants have completed 43,441 parkruns covering a total distance of 217,205 km, including 8,247 new Personal Bests. A total of 445 individuals have volunteered 3,621 times.

 

Harrow parkrun restarts this Saturday 24th July!

Hi to all our parkrun friends who are eagerly looking forward to the return of parkrun this Saturday, 24th July!

First and foremost, please do ensure that you bring your barcodes with you in printed, band or token formats but also note that we cannot scan from a phone screen. No barcode means no time and no exceptions! 

As part of the new COVID-19 safety protocol, we have been advised to adopt a run seeding principle at the start of parkrun. This means we will try and organise the faster runners towards the front of the start area and seed slower paced runners and walkers towards the middle and rear of the start. This way, once the run starts, the runners will more quickly space out leaving some clear air around them :)

Also try not to be late as we will be starting promptly at 9am!

We are extremely grateful to Harrow St Marys football club for their continued support and permission to use the pavilion but we are making some minor changes to protect everyone in these COVID times.

Instead of using the changing rooms to store our bags and pre-run clothing, we will provide a tarpaulin close to the finish area to minimise traffic in and out of the building. We suggest that only essential items are brought and left with your belongings whilst you run but it will be close by to the volunteers in the finish area but note that we cannot accept any liability for lost or misplaced items.

We are grateful that we have been given permission to access the pavilion for toilet facilities but we need to restrict this to a maximum of 3 people at any one time.

Post run, if you are thirsty then why not bring a £1 and have a tea, coffee or bottle of water from the "tuck shop" in the pavilion.

Keep hydrated and see you all on Saturday! :-)

Mike Lepps
Harrow parkrun Event Director

 

 

Parkrun restart delayed to 24 July

Dear parkrun community, I hope you are all coping well with this mini heatwave we are currently experiencing although all change tomorrow perhaps?!

Well, the good news is that Harrow council has kindly agreed to our parks being opened up again for us to enjoy the parkrun fraternity on Saturday mornings! But of course that has to fit in with the national UK Gov policy which means the full unlocking of COVID-19 restrictions is now delayed until 19th July and as a result the new parkrun restart date is 24th July for all 5K events in England.

You can read more about parkrun UK policy here on the public blog - restarting parkrun Archives | parkrun UK Blog

As I mentioned in the last posting, once we do actually restart, we are going to have a few changes in how parkrun times, tokens and other items are managed each week. This will have an impact on how much more we will need your help volunteering each week - have a look at the online guidance here - COVID-19 Framework (parkrun.com)

In the meantime, keep safe and well and on top of your training!

Mike Lepps
Harrow parkrun Event Director

 

The planned restart for parkrun UK?

Hi all, I hope you are all keeping well and managing to keep fit in readiness for the promised return of parkrun to Harrow parks and beyond!

It's really unfortunate that every time we take a couple of collective steps forward we also invariably take one backwards. The latest COVID19 mutation is of concern to everyone in Harrow and the surrounding areas but hopefully the surge testing and excellent vaccination rollout (I just had my second jab this weekend!) will ultimately contain this latest threat to our community.

And what a community we have! Every time I bump into someone I have met at parkrun and stop for a chat its obvious there is a real pent up demand to get parkrun going again and you can sense the enthusiasm in the air.

We had hoped to possibly restart parkrun on the 5th June but this has now been pushed back to the 26th June at the earliest and is subject to review. You might like to visit the blog maintained by parkrun UK here - The reopening of parkrun across the UK | parkrun UK Blog - this should keep you updated together with the regular emails being sent out to registered participants. Also this list shows the status on those local authorities that have given their permission to resume parkrun in their local public parks and spaces - Current landowner permissions | parkrun UK Blog

Note that parkrun HQ staff are working with Harrow Council to gain the necessary agreement for the the 3 Harrow parkruns (Harrow, Cannons & Kenton juniors) to recommence as part of the mass restart in England.

When parkrun does restart it will mean doing things slightly differently and we will need to call upon a few extra volunteers to help us manage the additional COVID19 safety protocols that have been developed - you can read about these very detailed procedures here on the parkrun volunteer hub - COVID-19 Framework (parkrun.com)

I'm really looking forward to meeting up with you all again on Saturday mornings when we return to "normal"! Until then, keep safe and well and above all keep training!

Mike Lepps
Harrow parkrun Event Director

 

Harrow parkrun #254

Despite the damp weather and other issues we had another good turn out at Harrow this morning - including a visitor from Edinburgh.

As Mike mentioned this morning please keep en eye on Harrow parkrun front page for the latest on the COVID 19 (Coronvirous) situation.   COVID1C

On another front please be careful with the Morrisons carpark nearby.  they are enforcing their two hour limit on parking and issuing tickets.

Happy running

Kevin Concannon (Harrow pArkrun director)

This week 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Kevin CONCANNON • Mark CURSONS • Mike LEPPS • Louise LEPPS • Joan FOXLEY • Joseph TURNER • Luca MATHARU • Marion SISKIN • Dylan SAUNDERS • Siddhant SINGH • Oliver MACKIN • Dylan MAGUIRE • Chetan PATEL • Deveka MAKWANA • Rekha MAKWANA • Peter WALE • Lucia CAMPBELL MANAS • Maya OJERE • Milo BENWELL- FROGGATT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Damian NEVINS who recorded a time of 15:55 on 10th August 2019 (event number 222).
The female record is held by Lucy ASHE who recorded a time of 17:58 on 7th March 2020 (event number 253).
The Age Grade course record is held by Nigel RACKHAM who recorded 90.32% (16:52) on 9th July 2016 (event number 62).

Harrow parkrun started on 9th May 2015. Since then 5,942 participants have completed 43,310 parkruns covering a total distance of 216,550 km, including 8,232 new Personal Bests. A total of 444 individuals have volunteered 3,602 times.

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